Wyoming judge censured for refusing to preside over same-sex marriages

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A small-town judge who says her religious beliefs prevent her from presiding over same-sex marriages was publicly censured by the Wyoming Supreme Court on Tuesday.

But while the court said her conduct undermines the integrity of the judicial system, it does not warrant removal from the bench. In a 3-2 decision, Justice Kate Fox wrote that Judge Ruth Neely violated judicial conduct code but removing Neely would “unnecessarily circumscribe protected expression.”

“Judge Neely shall either perform no marriage ceremonies or she shall perform marriage ceremonies regardless of the couple’s sexual orientation,” Fox wrote.

Neely has never been asked to perform a same-sex marriage, and Fox said that the case was not about same-sex marriage or the reasonableness of religious beliefs.

8 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Mys77 says:

    Your rights and beliefs do not stop or altered because of your employment! Just because you are a government employee does mean your rights and beliefs are ignored, not valid or not protected by the constitution!

  • jrchambers says:

    In the area of matrimony, this country/society has done just fine by condoning marriage between men and women. There is nothing modern or just in regard to condoning/legalizing conduct that is clearly in violation of of God’s guidelines. Marriage has a definition that has existed for thousands of years. Homosexuality and lesbianism are considered sinful behaviors in the Word of God. Same-sex marriage is an oxymoron. To not agree with such a lifestyle has nothing to do with hatred. I am not obligated to agree with everything that goes on in society. Does that mean I am a hater? Absolutely not.

  • Ken says says:

    Shades of “Kinky Kathy from Kentucky” – if you can’t do the job – get one you can. Citizens Rights and the Rule of Law are the basis of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

  • Bob says:

    All she needs to do is say that she is Muslim and all will be okay.

  • Jose says:

    For the few the majority must suffer. Who made them “king” that they can preach (probably wrong word as this implies a religious view) that every person needs to ignore their own beliefs and apply the beliefs of the few. If I believe in capital punishment would I be barred from being in a jury because the state does not believe in it? Kind of biased isn’t it?

  • teaman says:

    All judges who support this UN-constitutional same sex marriage are the ones violating the first amendment rights of all who have different believes. Our country, which was founded on Godly Morality, Wisdom, and Common sense, is in a death spiral thanks to this perverted ideology!

    1. John Lock says:

      In Religions Marriage is Sacrament and no one has any right that can step on the Sacraments of any Religion.

      So, Same sex marriage is a civil act and should be in the legal world not the Religious world.

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